We’re coming to the end of the Summer blockbuster season. August is typically a much drier month for big releases as studios prepare for the Fall/Xmas season and all the Oscar-baiting that accompanies it. Festival season is just around the corner, kicking off with the Venice Film Festival at the end of this month and the Toronto International Film Festival at the beginning of next month.
So, what big explosion-heavy frenzy are we ending the blockbuster run with? Why it’s Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, which topped the box office this weekend with just under $61 million. As always with Fast & Furious movies, the real money is in the international gross, and this movie has already made $180 million worldwide from a $200 million budget. This one isn’t expected to do anywhere near as well as the big titles in the main franchise — remember, Furious 7 is the eighth highest-grossing movie of all-time, having made more cash than both Black Panther and Star Wars: The Last Jedi. So, if Hobbs & Shaw does decently enough, this franchise may have legs after the tenth and allegedly final installment.
Elsewhere, the big money was still in Disney’s corner this week, as The Lion King crossed $430 million domestically in its third week. And yes, it is already the second highest-grossing movie of 2019 so far. This is the world we have chosen for ourselves. Elsewhere, Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood dipped about 51% from last week but it’s still doing solid business, all things considered. It’s made just under $79 million domestically from a $90 million budget and it hasn’t even opened in most major international territories yet. Still a week to go for us Brits.
One of the big surprises of the week has come in the form of The Farewell. Lulu Wang’s drama, distributed by A24, has been a slow burner over the past four weeks, climbing all the way into the top ten without crossing 500 theatres. That’s a big damn deal. This week, it sits at number seven (that’s up three places from last week) and has made close to $7 million domestically. Audiences are finding their way to this one, providing a merciful exception to this Summer’s rule that indie counter-programming against mega-blockbusters is a doomed prospect.
In limited releases, the drama Luce brought un $132,916 from five locations; Jennifer Kent’s violent drama The Nightingale grossed just over $40k from two theatres; the thriller Them That Follow made $15k from three theatres; and the documentary Love, Antosha, about the late Anton Yelchin, made $7,150 from one location. Make sure to read Roxana’s review of that film over on The AV Club.
This coming week sees the release of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, mob drama The Kitchen, kid’s action-comedy Dora and the Lost City of Gold, and sad inspirational movie with a cute dog, The Art of Racing in the Rain.
You can check out the rest of the weekend box office here.
What films did you watch this weekend? Let us know in the comments.
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